2011 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

SKU #1113947 Wine Spectator

 A friendly, lightly toasted style, opening with a warm brioche note and followed by creamed peach and melon flavors that culminate in a lingering ginger hint on the finish. Drink now. (Web-2013)

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We're very excited to introduce this new addition to the K&L Direct Import portfoliio. Not only does Waterkloof make excellent wines, but bringing it in directly makes it a fabulous value, too! According to K&L's Ryan Woodhouse, this wine is: "from old bush vine Chenin Blanc. Whole cluster pressed, settled for 24 hours then racked to 600-liter French oak barrels called Puncheons. The wine is fermented with naturally occuring yeast. The wine's flavors are dominated by orchard fruits, especially pear and quince. On the finish more savory notes come through with a bit of added texture and richness from the barrel fermentation." (Learn more about Waterkloof and the Circumstance range on our blog at Blog.KLWines.com.)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2013 | Send Email
This is my favorite of the super strong Waterkloof Circumstance line of wines that we are representing here at K&L. This Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc has not only great fruit for drinking tonight, but the structure for ageing. Chenin is the national white wine grape of South Africa, and traditionally was called Steen here with history going back to the 17th century. The old vines used in this wine can handle the oak that is used in the elevage of this wine, and I believe it will evolve like the old vine Chenin from Chalone; slowly and beautifully. This wine has great cantaloupe like fruit and electric acidity. It is a steal at $20!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2021

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14